“I have a type of birth defect in my spine which is the failure of the spinal cord to close resulting in the paralysis of my leg.” Say Niranjan Mukundan.
He comes from a modest conservative brahmin family, Father Mukundan.R used to work with Ford (Currently not working as he had lung surgery) and Mother Lakshmi.M works in a private firm.
Disorder of Spina Bifida is not a hindrance in the life of Niranjan. He has been swimming since 8 years of age and has been into competitive swimming when he was 9 years old. He took swimming as a part of aqua-therapy advised by the doctors wherein he took the water like a fish and from then there has been no look back. It was in 2003 where he got enrolled at the Jayanagar (Bangalore) swimming club for swimming classes and learnt the sport quickly. In a span of 6 months, he represented the state of Karnataka and won a Silver medal and the following year he won a silver as well. Since then, he has been representing Karnataka at the national level.
In the year 2011, he represented India for the first time in International Swimming competition and from then onwards he has been representing India consistently.
He takes life as it comes and love to do what he likes in life (Swimming) and give all thanks to parents as his pillar of support.
“I always tell people to do what you love and love what you do. Being a differently abled I was never treated differently in my childhood or during my school days, not even in my Swimming pool. I was taught be independent and that made me feel like any other normal kid of my age. Whenever I went late for swimming practice I was sent back home by my coach and whenever I couldn’t finish a workout I was punished, I think that equality played a very important role and made me what I am today (An International Swimmer).”
Niranjan also inspires others to come up in life through his motivational story in forums like Josh Talks.
BEST ACHIEVEMENTS (TOP PERFORMANCES):-
- Won 8 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) at the IWAS World Games 2016, the Czech Republic becoming the first Indian para-swimmer to win 8 Individual medals at the games
- Won 10 medals in the 11th World Junior Games 2015 (7 Golds & 3 Silver), Creating a record and becoming the first Indian Para-Swimmer to achieve this feat and also getting the crown JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPION 2015.
- Represented India in the 2nd Para Asian Games 2014, Incheon, South Korea and Won a Bronze Medal in the 4*100m Medley Relay.
- Won 8 medals out of the 9 events taken part the World Junior games 2014, Stoke Mandeville (3 Gold, 2 Silver,3 Bronze).
- Silver Medalist at the IDM German Swimming Championships, Berlin.
- Won 4 medals at the IWAS World Games 2013, Puerto Rico, USA (2 Silver, 2 Bronze).
|EVENTS||100m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle & 50m Butterfly|
|ROLE MODEL||Rahul Dravid (Indian Cricketer)|
|Michael Phelps (United States Swimmer)|
|HOBBIES||Music, Movies & Hanging out with Friends|
|AWARDS||National Award 2015 (Best Sportsman of the Country) by Government of India|
|Ekalavya Award 2015(Highest Sports honour in Karnataka)|
|Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 2015 (Govt of Karnataka)|
|TIE Aspire Indian of the year 2015.|
|Best Athlete of the year 2014 (Govt of Karnataka)|
|Young Achiever Award 2014|